Does a Worship Leader Do? Part 2
Director of Worship Development, PDI
June 17, 2002
not just "worship leading."
It's leading people. The question is,
in what direction?
In the first of this series on the role
and goals of a worship leader, I proposed
effective worship leader, aided and
led by the Holy Spirit, skillfully combines
biblical truth with music to magnify
the worth of God and the redemptive
work of Jesus Christ, thereby motivating
the gathered church to join him in proclaiming
and cherishing the truth about God and
seeking to live all of life for the
glory of God.
does it mean to be a leader? When someone
takes a position in front of a group
of people, he or she will, to one degree
or another, be leading, whether intentionally
or not. Romans 12:6 says leaders must
lead with zeal (ESV), or govern diligently
(NIV). Both phrases speak of faithfully
seeking to direct a meeting. The first
duty of a worship leader is to take
on that responsibility cheerfully.
worship in spirit and truth doesnt
just happen. God can at
any moment choose to manifest His presence
in our midst, but He has identified
specific activities and attitudes to
which He generally responds. Critical
words, for example, quench the Spirit,
while praise invites His activity and
involvement. Thus, there must be intentionality
and purpose behind what a worship leader
ultimately GLORIFIES God (for example,
all sin and rebellion is eventually
judged by God, thus magnifying His holiness)
not everything WORSHIPS God. Worship
is all I know of me RESPONDING to all
God has shown me of Himself. This response
involves a choice, and the use of my
mind, will, and emotions. Thus, everything
a worship leader does should encourage
that response in the people he is leading.
were leading people (and not just
leading worship), we need
to be clear on what direction were
taking them in. Its easy to overuse
vague phrases that sound good but dont
necessarily define where were
going or what were doing. For
example, In recent years entering
in has become synonymous with
the corporate worship experience. But
what do we mean by that phrase? Are
we entering in to some mindless, automatic-pilot
state of ecstasy? Are we perhaps passing
through the outer courts of worship
to enter in to the holy of holies?
concepts are commonly voiced today.
But did you know that neither one finds
support in Scripture?
worship is neither automatic nor mindless
its intentional, purposeful,
and very much involves the mind. And
second, Jesus has already entered the
holy of holies for us (Heb. 10:19-22).
The purpose of worship is to enter in
to a fresh awareness of who God is,
what He has done, and how that affects
our past, present, and future.
a worship leaders task involves
leading people effectively. We should
expect good fruit from our labors. Worship
leading is not a hit-or-miss proposition.
God desires to bless us with His manifest
presence when we gather to worship Him.
we moved into our new home several years
ago, my familys yard was a wasteland.
But each fall I aerated, fertilized,
and planted grass seed. In the spring
I applied fertilizer and weed killer.
For a few years it seemed like not much
was happening. But here we are five
years later with a full lawn. What happened?
I sowed, and tended, and then I reaped.
it is with worship. If we want Gods
people to glorify Him, we must sow to
His glory. We must paint a compelling,
attractive, grand, biblical picture
of our great God and Savior.
Im getting ahead of myself. Next
time well look at the importance
of the Holy Spirit in leading worship